The OWC / Other World Computing 4TB (4 x 1TB) Mercury Elite Pro RAID With 3.5" SATA Hard Drives Kit from B&H is a package consisting of a Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Quad Interface 4-Bay RAID Solution and four 3.0 TB 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Disk Drives.
The Mercury Elite Pro offers a convenient enclosure, which affords installation of your own set of four matched 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA I/II) hard disk drives into a stylish RAID enclosure that supports data transfers up to 3.0 Gb/s. The Qx2 is equipped with a custom Oxford 936 Chipset that's compatible with eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 / 1.1 connectivity.
The single eSATA port offers the fastest data transfer rates, up to 3.0 Gb/s or 300 MB/s. The dual 9-pin FireWire 800 ports facilitate 800 Mbps or 100 MB/s transfer rates, while the 6-pin FireWire 400 interface supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps or 50 MB/s. The USB 2.0 port, which is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1, supports up to 480 Mbps or 60 MB/s transfer rates, as well as 12 Mbps or 1.5 MB/s USB 1.1 transfer rates. All supported interface connector cables are included.
The Qx2 enables easy configuration of Redundant Array of Independent Disks, or RAID. NRAID, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 are all supported. NRAID (Span) combines the capacities of 2 or more drives of equal size into 1 volume, and combines drives of varying sizes based on the lowest capacity in the set. RAID 0 (Stripe) splits data into blocks over 2 or more drives at a time for high-speed and high capacity. RAID 1 (Mirror) enables data to be written simultaneously to 2 drives for the highest level of data safety and redundancy. RAID 5 (Stripe with Parity) is similar to RAID 0; data is striped while incorporating redundancy over 3 or more drives for the best combination of speed, capacity and redundancy. Like other quad-interface, 4-bay RAID solutions, the Qx2 is pre-configured as RAID 5. RAID 10 ensures that data is striped over 2 mirrored sets of drives for fast redundancy. The enclosure is Windows and Mac compatible. It includes all required interface connector cables.
The four 1TB 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drives are stellar upgrades for your desktop computer's hard disk drives. Each drive in this kit has a high capacity of 1TB and a speed of 7200 rpm, and fits into your the Mercury Elite Pro's 3.5" drive bay. The whisper-quiet and cool operation provide the ideal balance of performance, power use and acoustics. This drive is ideal for desktop computers as well as home or small office storage servers. It is Windows and Mac compatible.